Overnight, snow was sticking to Sunrise Highway and along Interstate 8. Several inches of snow fell in Descanso and Crestwood Summit, according to the CHP.
Catano said the CHP was flooded with calls about “lots of active and pending incidents.”
“Motorists should make sure they’re driving more slowly on wet roads and need to make sure they have their headlights on and windshield wipers wiping,” Catano said. “They should also put away their cell phones and focus on driving so they have no distractions.”
NWS forecaster James Thomas a foot of snow fell on Palomar Mountain at about 6,100 feet, 3 inches in Pine Valley, 9 inches in Julian and about 6 inches in Ranchita and Warner Springs.
“It’s very cold with temperatures expected to drop into the low 40s Wednesday night and Thursday night along the coast,” Thomas said. “New Years Day will likely be in the 50s during the day with sunny skies.”
Storm rainfall totals were .92 of an inch in Oceanside, 1.28 inches in Fallbrook and .08 of an inch at Lindbergh Field, NWS said.
Thomas said the long-range forecast for San Diego is drier, with a building ridge of high pressure and warming temperatures this weekend. By Sunday, highs should be in the low 70s by Sunday.
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